Nurses for Tomorrow

Our initiatives advance the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders to prepare them to transform the future of health care delivery.

Nurses play an integral role in the health and well-being of our communities.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please contact ibxfoundation.org or 1-855-422-3386.

Nursing Internship Program

Experience unique roles in nursing and cultivate professional and leadership skills during this 10-week program.

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Our initiatives

Nursing education grants

The Nurses for Tomorrow grant program awards grants to nursing schools in southeastern Pennsylvania to fund scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students. Academic institutions that meet the Nurses for Tomorrow grant program’s eligibility requirements may apply for scholarship grants for their undergraduate, graduate, and/or doctoral nursing programs.

To date, the Foundation has awarded $12 million in Nurses for Tomorrow grants to 24 nursing schools which provided scholarships to nearly 3,000 nursing students.

In 2019, the Foundation expanded the Nurses for Tomorrow grant program to support the diverse pipeline of future nurse researchers and educators. Academic institutions currently funded through the Nurses for Tomorrow grant program may apply for additional funding for community-based research projects at the graduate and/or doctoral level.

Nursing internship program

The nursing internship program, co-sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, is open to undergraduate nursing students attending schools supported by the Nurses for Tomorrow scholarship program, and who have completed at least one clinical rotation prior to the start of the internship program. In addition to gaining experience in non-traditional health care settings, the interns cultivate professional and leadership skills during this 10-week program through a series of Leadership Labs and an exploratory research project.

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Nurses Can campaign

Learn more about the Nurses Can campaign by following @ibxfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and check out our latest Journal of Change.

Nurses for Tomorrow grant program eligibility requirements

Academic institutions that meet the Foundation’s general eligibility requirements may apply for scholarship grants for their undergraduate, graduate, and/or doctoral nursing programs. Nursing programs must also be fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by a national or regional accrediting body in order to receive funding. The annual invitation-only application period occurs in the beginning of each calendar year.

Academic institutions that meet all of our eligibility requirements can contact us for more information about this program.

Additional requirements for scholarship recipients

We award grants directly to eligible academic institutions and are not involved in the student selection process. Nursing students seeking a Nurses for Tomorrow scholarship should contact their nursing program advisor or institution’s financial aid office.

In disbursing the scholarships, the academic institution is required to select recipients who meet the following conditions:

  • Have a permanent residence in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Greater Philadelphia region is comprised of 11 counties within three states: New Castle County in Delaware; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Salem counties in New Jersey; and Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee or qualified immigrant.
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate program (BSN, ADN/AAS, LPN) for an undergraduate scholarship, or
  • Be enrolled in a master level degree program (MN, MSN) for a graduate scholarship, or
  • Be enrolled in a doctoral of nursing practice or PhD degree program for a doctoral scholarship.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Comply with all required reporting.

For requirements for recipients of additional community-based project funding through the Nurses for Tomorrow program, please contact us.

Nurses Can campaign

Learn more about the Nurses Can campaign by following @ibxfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and check out our latest Journal of Change.

2020 Nurses for Tomorrow grant recipients

  • Bucks County Community College Professional Studies: Allied Health and Nursing
  • Community College of Philadelphia Department of Nursing
  • Delaware County Community College Division of Allied Health, Emergency Services and Nursing
  • Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Eastern Center for Arts & Technology Practical Nursing Program
  • Eastern University Department of Nursing
  • Gwynedd Mercy University Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Harcum College Nursing Program
  • Holy Family University School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
  • Immaculata University Division of Nursing
  • La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Montgomery County Community College Nursing Program
  • Neumann University Division of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Penn State Abington RN to BSN Nursing Program
  • Temple University Department of Nursing
  • Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson College of Nursing
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
  • West Chester University Department of Nursing
  • Widener University School of Nursing

All Nurses for Tomorrow grant recipients receive undergraduate support. Graduate, doctoral, and additional project-based support as noted.

Nurses Can campaign

Learn more about the Nurses Can campaign by following @ibxfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and check out our latest Journal of Change.

Nurse.com Partnership

As a leader in the nursing community, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation has fostered collaboration and sharing, convening events focused on relevant nursing issues including a national nursing conference on nursing leadership with the National League for Nursing and a regional conversation with the American Academy of Nursing on the role of registered nurses in transforming primary care.

As we continue to drive thought leadership in nursing to address the greatest challenges facing our health care system, we have partnered with Nurse.com, the leading provider of online continuing education for nurses, to provide courses for free.

We are pleased to offer the following course for free:

  • Warm Hand-offs for Opioid Overdose Survivors: From Policy to Practice

Take the course now to earn free continuing education credits!